Yeast, too, is a “small thing,” but it works its way through a whole batch of bread dough pretty fast. So get rid of this “yeast.” Our true identity is flat and plain, not puffed up with the wrong kind of ingredient. The Messiah, our Passover Lamb, has already been sacrificed for the Passover meal, and we are the Unraised Bread part of the Feast. So let’s live out our part in the Feast, not as raised bread swollen with the yeast of evil, but as flat bread—simple, genuine, unpretentious.1 Cor 5:6-8
Paul is writing to the church at Corinth which apparently is tolerating some outrageously immoral behavior --incest in fact--on the part of some member(s) of the community. His message is clear and relies on Jewish culture to make its point. The Sabbath after the Passover was the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Yeast is understood here as something evil--from the Devil--that works its way into the entire batch of bread. This spirit is to be exorcised from the life of faithful Jews. Their life is to reflect the power and spirit of God.
The same is true of disciples of Christ. Jesus was crucified for humanity on the feast of the Passover, in effect becoming the Passover lamb that was sacrificed for the life of all. The disciples of this Christ are to live lives of simple, unpretentious faithfulness. The complex rationalizations of the rich and worldly wise are not to be found in their lives but rather the enlivening spirit of God, plain and simple. This is a life worthy of our prayers!
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